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The Bus Ride that Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks Hardcover – September 26, 2005

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Grade 2-4–Published 50 years after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, AL, this book retraces the segregation laws and the events surrounding the early stages of the Civil Rights movement. This historical account, illustrated with pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork, has a new twist as it is interspersed with modern-day cartoon characters guiding readers through the events and posing questions via dialogue-balloon conversations. Each new page builds from the previous one in the cumulative fashion similar to This Is the House That Jack Built. If used as a read-aloud, listeners will want to join in on the refrain, which was overturned because one woman was brave. This is an excellent tribute to Parks and to her role in history, told in a child-friendly style.–Tracy Bell, Eastway Elementary School, Durham, NC
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K-Gr. 2. "This is a law forbidding / black people to sit next to white people on buses, / which was overturned because one woman was brave." Each page adds a new first line to a cumulative chant about Rosa Parks ("This is the boycott triggered by . . ."), and line-and-watercolor cartoon illustrations, which make use of speech balloons, depict kids asking questions and filling in the history of segregation and the struggle against it. Unfortunately, Edwards reinforces the image of Parks as the innocent passenger who worked alone to change the world, and she tells almost nothing about Parks' activist politics and the organizations she worked with. There's no denying, however, that kids will respond to the message ("Sometimes it just takes one person to be brave"), and the lively pictures help make this an interactive introduction to civil rights history. Pair this with Nikki Giovanni's Rosa (2005), which does fill in Parks' political connections. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618449116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618449118
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in the Wirral, but has spent most of her adult life in the USA. She worked as a children's librarian before becoming a writer and is now the bestselling author of over 30 children's books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lyn J. Mundey on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I had the privilege of hearing this book at no other than my job's Holiday Office Party! Rosa Parks had just passed away a few months before and some members of my staff wanted to pay tribute and homage to her legacy, so they brought this book to share with everyone.

This book is a great read aloud book, because it repeats the passage, "Which was overtured because one woman was brave", which gives your audience a chance to interact and engage the reader. (Similar to a call and response activity). Everyone in my office loved the presentation of my colleagues. Honestly, that one presentation still stands out in my mind.

I highly encourgage parents to buy this book for their children and grandchildren; I enourage teachers to have this book in their class for their students; I encourage storytellers to have this book alongside some of their other favorites to read; and lastly, I encourage workers to share this book with their colleagues at their next party gathering. If it worked in a federal government office it will work anywhere:-)
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